Keep civil partnerships, Church of England urges Government

May 18, 2018 by

by Alex Williams, Premier:

Ministers are being urged by the Church of England (CofE) not to abolish civil partnerships for same-sex couples.

The Church says that some people – including Christians identifying as gay, bisexual or lesbian – would prefer the arrangement over marriage.

Director of mission and public affairs for the CofE, Dr Rev Malcolm Brown was quoted by Christian Today as saying: “We believe that Civil Partnerships still have a place, including for some Christian LGBTI [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex] couples who see them as a way of gaining legal recognition of their relationship.”

“Even if the Government’s current information-gathering exercise reveals only a small number are taking up Civil Partnerships, we hope it will remain an option.”

The Government Equalities Office set out last week plans to consult on whether there was strong enough demand to justify keeping civil partnerships.

While more than 6,300 were typically registered annually in the eight years before the same-sex marriage was legalised in 2014, the figure fell to below 900 in both 2015 and 2016.

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